The preacher stood in the pulpit, arm on his microphone wearing a nicely tailored suit that seemed to have celestial powers. He walked majestically across the altar and spoke on a topic that caught your attention.You were interested because of the vigor of his message, you then decided to pay him 100% attention. Your eyes…
A young man was arrested and put in handcuffs after he was apprehended while stealing meat from the kitchen of the Parish Priest of St. Paul Catholic Church, Rev. Father Francis Effiong at the University of Calabar (UNICAL). According to a report, the suspect entered the Priest’s kitchen this morning when the clergy had left…
Typically in most nations, people make money in the private sector and then go into politics, but in Nigeria the reverse is the case. People go into politics to make money. I observer this trend as a businessman in the private sector and I went into politics to change it. Before I could change this […]
Police in Abia state are on the hunt for six men who shot dead a pastor and dismembered his body on Saturday, May 13. Pastor Nnaemeka Ukenye, 48, was the head pastor of “Behold he cometh pentecostal church”, a popular church in Ikwuano LGA, Umuahia, Abia state. An eyewitness said Pastor Ukenye […]
Motorcycle-riding attackers believed to be cattle rustlers struck late on Monday at a gold mine outside Bindin village in northern Zamfara state, shooting dead miners and gold merchants.
The state governor condemned the attack “in strongest terms” in a government statement, describing it as an “act of terrorism”.
The statement said an investigation had been launched, while local residents said it was just the latest deadly raid by cattle thieves on herding communities in the state.
“We have no doubt that the cattle thieves that have been terrorising us were behind the attack,” resident Lawwali Usmanu told AFP.
“We buried 36 bodies of those killed in the attack today. For us it is a day of mourning,” he said.
Zamfara is known for its huge gold deposits and mines still using traditional methods. A local chief said the gunmen entered the mine tunnels, shooting dead the miners after killing traders standing at the surface.
Many local herders and subsistence farmers turn to gold mining to boost their income.
Rural communities in the state have long been plagued by cattle thieves, who kill villagers, loot and torch homes, prompting locals to form vigilante groups to fight off the gangs.
In July, Nigeria deployed troops to rid the state of cattle rustling and other criminal activities.
Attacks by nomadic Fulani herdsmen on farmers have been a persistent headache for Nigeria this year, adding to security woes in a country already grappling with the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.
The mainly Muslim Fulani herders and largely Christian farmers have clashed for decades over increasingly scarce land and resources, particularly in Nigeria’s religiously mixed central states.
But the violence has escalated in recent months and spread further south.
In February, hundreds of people were said to have been killed and about 1,000 homes destroyed in central Benue state in a wave of attacks blamed on Fulani.
Indeed after so many hard-fought campaign between him and his rival, Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States, capping a historic run by an outsider who captured a loyal following across a swath of America fed up with establishment politics, the news media and elected officials.
His success was only part of a larger, crushing victory for the Republican Party, which retained the House and appeared poised to maintain Senate control.
The brash New York businessman will win at least 270 electoral votes, according to NBC News projections, and will take his Republican ticket to the White House in January. Trump had trailed Democrat Hillary Clinton in polling averages for nearly the entire election cycle, but he bucked prognostications by picking up states many pundits deemed out of his reach.
The 70-year-old real estate mogul — who is now the oldest person ever elected to a first presidential term — declared victory early Wednesday, saying Clinton had conceded the election and that it’s time for the nation “to come together as one united people.”
The Republican congratulated his Democratic rival, saying that she waged “a very very hard-fought campaign.” He also commended her for having “worked very long and very hard” over her political career
Corruption,Thou art cursed!
Why have thou chosen my dear country to lay thy filthy hands upon?
Who teacheth a child to lie yet he does it perfectly
The old is corrupt;
The young is corrupt;
What about the rich and poor?
Corruption in its many dimensions!
No one is void of thee!
Thou art the foundation of the court;witholding justice between the have and the have not;
Thou art the foundation of every political intention;
Your smell is everywhere in my father’s land;
You seem to have eaten deep into the economy;
Corruption! will Nigeria ever be free from thee?
The isoko ethnic group is one of the smallest minority ethnic groups in the Niger-delta region of Nigeria in West Africa. Occupying an area of about 1,200 square kilometres with a residual population of about 750,000 by 2001 census. The Isoko land is one of the most densely populated areas in Nigeria with about 300 persons per square kilometer compared with the average of 198 for Delta state. The consequence of this has been shortage of farmlands, a shortage accentuated by oil exploration activities in the region.
Not surprisingly, a lot of Isoko people estimated over 470,000 are migrants to other parts of the country, residing in Ughelli, Warri, Sapele, Benin, Ijebu-Ode, Ondo, Lagos, Kano and Predominately in the rural agricultural land areas of Benin, Ondo, and Ijebu-Ode. Isoko land is essentially rural with no urban and semi-urban centres. Situated within the economic shadow of the vibrant industrial, commercial Warri metropolis, the Isoko land has been largely of backlash effect, with most of the young men and women graduating to Warri sub-urban area.
The residual population is mainly into agriculture, small-scale commercial and industrial enterprises. Against this background of the petty economic activities, massive unemployment of youths is very high. The quality of life is low and below the standard of living recommended by the United Nations Development Organization.
The poor condition and living standard of the Isoko people in Delta state can no longer be accepted as normal but lamentable. There should be no denial of the fact that the people live in this century with the lack of basic infrastructural amenities such as clean drinking water, electricity and adequate transportation, good roads, and massive employment opportunities, in a region abundantly blessed and endowed with natural resources controlled by the state.
The isoko people and the land of isoko have been neglected by previous political governments and administrations forgotten in both national and state consideration for rural development. The isoko land, unlike the case with several neglected undeveloped minority and even some majority groups, has oil wells, the pivot of nigeria’s continued financial existence and relevance in the world map. The oil wells at olomoro and Uzere in isoko land have contributed immensely to the foreign exchange earning potentials for over thirty years of Nigeria. Ironically, the National state and local governments cannot at present name a single sustainable project established in the area since oil exploration activity licences have been granted to multi-national companies in the area.
The isoko people are very non-violent, law abiding, obedient, mostly Christians, co-operative and loyal especially to constituted authority such as National and state government but this obedience and loyalty may have been the undoing of the isoko people, considering the unrest in other areas of the Niger-Delta region where some much extention have been focused recently. The need to transform the isoko community from a traditional one to a 21st century modern society is imperative now if the global goal to combat poverty in sub-saharan Africa is to be achieved. Indeed, the encouragement of the establishment of small scale industries and commercial enterprise is one option to be supported by the state, individuals and organisations. However, the lack and inadequate electricity power supply to the area has been a major bane in the commercial and industrial development of the Isoko community.